2 persons accused of violation of RP Act in Tripura

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Agartala, Feb 15: Tripura state poll panel has recommended judicial action against two persons allegedly belonging to ruling CPI (M) party who were detained with 95 electoral photo ID cards (EPIC) in two separate locations in West and Dhalai district of the state early last week.

Talking to media here today, CEO Dr G S G Ayyangar said police had arrested one Taliram Reang of Chawmanu area with 76 EPICs and another Biru Debbarma was arrested along with 19 EPICs last week in Krishnapur area and afte initial investigation found them guilty.

"The matters have been investigated thoroughly and sought ECI's opinion. Finally we decided that both the persons had violated section 123 of Representation of Peoples' Act 1951 and so they would face the judicial action," Dr Ayyangar said adding that as per the law anybody trying to influence election process is a corrupt practice.

Meanwhile, police said here today that recently a group of BNCT extremists had forcibly taken away the two EPICs from tribal dominated Tuai Chandra Para area of Dhalai district, which was the fourth EPIC snatching incident in Tripura in past three weeks after the announcement of mandatory provision of production of EPICs in polling booths for exercising the franchise in the state.

The CEO, however, assured about the alternative arrangements for casting votes for those who did not have the EPICs.


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